It’s snowing! We received a light dusting of an inch or two on Tuesday afternoon but the roads were fine and dry this morning. I went in to teach the 8:10 class at Y2 and then stayed to take the 9:15 and by the time I left at 11 the snow was pouring down and sticking. It’s still coming down heavily and we are expected to get 7-9 inches with a possibility of ice as well. Needless to say, Charlotte is shut down. This is one of the biggest winter storms we’ve had in years.
My snow day plans include working on my book, baking and making a big pot of homemade spaghetti sauce. Snow days require carbs…cookies and pasta, here I come! 🙂
Before I get to that stuff, here is what I’ve been eating lately.
A smoothie in the snow. I was craving one for breakfast this morning despite the weather. In all fairness, I did wait until I got into the hot yoga studio to drink it. (One of my clients was just commenting yesterday on how my smoothies are never brown…I would say this one is a pretty unappetizing color!)
Apple cinnamon oatmeal with lots of chia seeds and dried cranberries. Some of you asked after my chia pudding disaster post if I like chia seeds in my oatmeal and yogurt and the answer is yes! I just can’t eat a big bowl of straight up chia seeds.
Another smoothie (in a more appetizing shade of green) and warm lemon water. On Sunday morning I started drinking warm lemon water before I eat breakfast. I had been feeling like I was retaining water and I’ve heard so many good things about starting your day with warm lemon water. I was having a hard time getting it down but someone recommended on Twitter to add honey and cayenne pepper. That has helped tremendously. I’ll let y’all know what I think about this warm lemon water thing after I try it for a while. Anyone else start your day with this?
Panera You Pick Two with turkey chili, spinach power salad and whole grain baguette. These are two new menu items and both are really good. The You Pick Two combo of them both only has a little over 400 calories (sans bread, of course) and is pretty nutritionally sound and satisfying. They recently opened a Panera next to the yoga studio…thus the reason you’ve seen me eating there frequently.
Return of the lunch bowl! I used to eat these on the regular for lunch but now I’m on more of a soup/salad/sandwich kick. I had leftover pine nut couscous in the fridge and lots of Greek-ish toppings in the fridge so it was just begging to become a lunch bowl. I layered a super greens mix, couscous, avocado, tomatoes, olives, hummus and plain greek yogurt. Gave it all a drizzle of red wine vinegar and olive oil.
Coconut green curry (base recipe in this post although in this making I added some fish sauce, brown sugar and chicken broth to the curry as well) with mixed veggies, eggplant and shrimp over steamed rice. I was feeling really over protein + veggie dinner and craving something different. This hit the spot!
Turkey burger with goat cheese and sriracha aioli, sweet potato and kale chips. This turkey burger combo was so good a couple of weeks ago that I had to recreate it.
Moroccan spiced chicken, roasted cauliflower and roasted eggplant.
Off to cook, bake and get productive with this book!